Healthy Kids LogoFlorida Healthy Kids offers health and dental insurance for children ages 5 through 18. The Corporation is one of four Florida KidCare partners and is run by a Board of Directors that includes doctors, a dentist, hospital representatives, advocates, and state agency representatives.

The mission for the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation is to ensure the availability of child-centered health plans that provide comprehensive, quality healthcare services. Healthy Kids coverage includes doctor visits, immunizations, dental care, emergency care, hospital stays and much more.

PROBLEM

Florida Healthy Kids required that the manageability and maintenance costs for their messaging, document management and collaboration infrastructure be reduced and functionality increased. In turn, they were also seeking better data security, reliability and availability for their professional services. Being in Florida hurricane disaster preparedness is a priority.

SOLUTION

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based service that is designed to help meet your organization’s needs for robust security, reliability, and user productivity. Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping save time, money, and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s next-generation communications and collaboration services—including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Office Online, and Microsoft Skype for Business Online—to help users be productive from virtually anywhere through the Internet.

Microsoft Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks from PCs, the web, and mobile devices. It integrates fully with Active Directory, enabling administrators to use group policies, as well as other administration tools, to manage Exchange Online features across their environment.

Organizations that subscribe to Exchange Online retain control over the messaging services they offer to users, but they do not have the operational burden of on-premises hardware and software. With the Exchange Online, email is hosted on servers that support multiple customers simultaneously. These servers are housed in Microsoft data centers and are accessible to users on a wide range of devices from inside a corporate network or over the Internet. Additionally, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organization against spam and malware, and includes features to safeguard your organization from messaging-policy violations. EOP can simplify the management of your messaging environment and alleviate many of the burdens that come with maintaining on-premises hardware and software.

Microsoft SharePoint Online enables an organization to easily create and manage custom team-focused and project-focused sites for collaboration and document management. In addition, it’s possible to deploy an organization-wide intranet portal used to disseminate information and news across the organization. Include with SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business is personal online storage space in the cloud, provided for employees by your company. Use it to store your work files across multiple devices with ease and security. Share your files with business colleagues as needed, and edit Office documents together in real time with Office Suite Online.

Skype for Business Online is a communications service that connects people for meetings and conversations anytime and from virtually anywhere. It gives users access to information about presence, and enables instant messaging, audio and video calling, rich online meetings, and extensive web conferencing capabilities.

RESULTS

The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation solution based on Microsoft Office 365 was implemented and the migration of historical messaging data (emails, calendaring, contacts and security) was achieved less than 2 months. After initial discovery meetings outlining the requirements for and specifics for configuration of Office 365, the implementation was completely successful.

The messaging and collaboration environment was up and running with production use. Florida Healthy Kids Corporation had confidence in the service delivery and reliability allowing them to move into a more modern future for their own health service delivery to the children of Florida.